This is one of those easy appetizers that screams holiday! This creamy whipped feta is mixed with hummus to add even more creaminess and a hint of garlic. It is then topped with sticky, caramelized dates and sliced almonds which add an amazing sweetness and chew. It is finished with a hot maple drizzle, and served with crispy bread chunks for scooping up all of that deliciousness. You and your friends & family will LOVE this Vegan Whipped Feta with Sticky Date Almonds and Hot Maple Drizzle!
I saw a similar recipe on instagram by The Original Dish and decided we need a vegan version for the holidays! Greg and I could not stop eating it – this stuff is so addicting. This recipe is featured in the new episode of my holiday YouTube series Liv’s Holiday Menu. You can’t have a holiday dinner or party without decadent appetizers, right? Normally I’m not an appetizer person but in November and December, give me all the cheesy, puff pastry, sweet and salty finger foods. You can watch the video below!
Ingredient’s You’ll Need:
- olive oil
- sliced almonds or cashews
- ground cinnamon
- maple syrup
- dairy-free feta cheese
- vegan cream cheese or plain greek-style yogurt (optional, for extra creaminess)
- dried thyme & oregano
- hot sauce or chili flakes
- baguette, chips, crackers, pita bread or veggies for dipping
- sprouts or fresh herbs for garnish
How to make Whipped Feta Dip:
For the most authentic “feta” taste, I used store-bought vegan feta by Violife (I also love the one by Fresh Start)! However, if you can’t find vegan feta cheese, any other soft vegan salt cheese should work. You can also make your own! A homemade cashew to tofu based vegan cheese will work just as well. The instructions couldn’t be more simple: blend the feta dip ingredients in a food processor or blender and then smooth into a serving bowl.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can I make this dip nut-free?
Yes, ensure the vegan cheese you are using is nut-free. You can substitute the almonds for your favourite seeds like pumpkin, sunflower or even sesame seeds.
What is dairy-free feta cheese made of?
Most vegan feta is made using a combination of nuts, tofu and oil. There are many different brands of vegan feta and you can also make it yourself!
Where can you buy dairy-free feta?
You can buy dairy-free feta or vegan feta cheese at many major grocery retailers, as well as make it yourself at home.
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